Mechanical engineers get the best of both worlds:
- A career in mechanical engineering allows you to build a better future for you, and for the world.
- This explains why 89% of engineers have high levels of job satisfaction, and would choose the same career path again.
Secure your future
Mechanical engineering is a secure career with a bright, long-term future:
- In the UK alone, there will be 1.86m new job openings for engineers by 2020.
- There is already a shortage of qualified engineers, meaning higher salaries and more options for those who are qualified.
Reap the rewards
Mechanical engineers earn good salaries - well above the national average:
- The average starting salary for an engineering graduate is £26,536 (the second highest of all graduates after medicine and dentistry).
- Apprentices who become Engineering Technicians earn on average £40,000.
- With experience and professional qualifications, you could earn a basic salary of around £70,000 as a Chartered Engineer.
Get to the top
Mechanical engineers have lots of options for career progression:
- 85% of engineering graduates go on to further study.
- More experience and qualifications lead to more responsibility and higher salaries.
- 33% of the world’s most successful companies have a leader with a background in engineering (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon and General Motors). Engineers are valued for their transferable skills.
Make your mark
Mechanical engineers make a real difference:
- You could help solve some of the biggest global challenges facing humanity, like climate change, cyber security, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.
- Or you could create an invention that changes the world.
Do anything, anywhere
Mechanical engineers work all over the world, in countless industries:
- Becoming a mechanical engineer could take you to some interesting places – oil rigs, deserts, the Antarctic, the deep sea.
- Mechanical engineering qualifications and experience are like having a passport to work in many different industries and countries.